"A good boat is handsome - able and seakindly." - Roger C. Taylor
Bill Dobson has gotten around on sailboats. Growing up in the Midwest, he’s raced all kinds of performance boats, from Ynglings to E-scows, and covered the Great Lakes on big-boat classics, including a Pearson 35 and a 75-foot Alden ketch. But the 25-foot sailboat he bought used two seasons ago has made him a pocket cruiser convert.
The Offshore 25 from Eastsail Yachts of Bow, N.H., was designed by Eliot Spalding in the early 1980’s as a “rugged, trailerable pocket cruiser…for the long voyage.” With its full keel and transom-hung rudder, choice of sloop or cutter rig, and complete accommodations, including an enclosed head, it fits the bill. Yet the 8-foot, 6-inch beam makes it legal to trailer without permits, and auxiliary power is a 20-hp diesel.
Small, seaworthy, easy to handle and with a simple but complete layout, the Offshore 25 was just what Dobson had been looking for. “It was right up my alley,” he says. “It had classic lines, and I liked the cutter rig. That divides up the sails; they’re smaller and easier to deal with by yourself. The accommodations were small, but they work for two people. And there was enough headroom for me.”
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